Minnesota food stamps can do this?!

If you’re receiving Minnesota food stamps benefits, you could qualify for other helpful programs as well (including free Internet service)! Check out our list of food stamps MN benefits below.

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ALL 26 SITES owned by the Minnesota Historical Society – $4 for adults, FREE for children under 18

This discount is so sweet that I had to call the Minnesota Historical Society to confirm that I was understanding it correctly… but it’s true! If you qualify (see the terms below), you can visit any or all of the 16 historical sites operated by MHS for just $4 per adult (minors under 18 and under are free).

Their locations include:

  • Alexander Ramsey House
  • Birch Coulee Battlefield
  • Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
  • Cornstock House
  • Folsom House
  • Forest History Center
  • Fort Ridgely
  • Harkin Store
  • Historic Forestville
  • Historic Fort Snelling
  • James J Hill House
  • Jeffers Petroglyphs
  • Lac qui Parle Mission
  • Lower Sioux Agency
  • Marine Mill
  • Mill City Museum
  • Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
  • Minnehaha Depot
  • Minnesota History Center & Gale Family Library
  • Minnesota State Capital
  • North West Company Fur Post
  • Oliver Kelley Farm
  • Sibley Historic Site
  • Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Traverse des Sioux
  • WW Mayo House

To receive the discounted admission to the Minnesota Historical Society, you will need to provide valid Minnesota photo ID and proof of your participation in one of the following programs. You will also need to print and complete this form.

  • EBT benefits
  • Medical assistance (including MinnesotaCare)
  • Section 8
  • WIC
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Free/Reduced School Lunches
  • RCA (Refugee Cash Assistance)General Assistance
  • General Assistance

 

Apple Valley

Minnesota Zoo – FREE

If you have a Minnesota EBT card, you can receive FREE admission through the Zoo Access Program (ZAP). Just show your EBT card and Minnesota photo ID at the admissions desk! The qualifying adult and their immediate family can enter the museum for free.

Please note that the ZAP program does not cover parking fees, special exhibits or other additional-fee programs.

(If you don’t have an EBT card, you can also use a WIC folder, MHCP Card or HeadStart acceptance letter to participate in this program!)

Duluth

Duluth Children’s Museum – $3 admission

Duluth Children’s Museum knows the best way to learn is through play! That’s why they feature so many fun interactive STEM exhibits! Caregivers are encouraged to play with their children. The museum says, “Museum time is family time.”

Duluth Children’s Museum is Minnesota’s first and only Museums for All partner. As a result, you can use an EBT card from ANY state to receive discounted admission of just $3 for up to 4 people!

St. Paul

Minnesota Children’s Museum – Free & Reduced Price MEMBERSHIPS!

MCM provides free and reduced-price memberships to families who live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Families must provide proof of assistance (such as EBT) for the last three months OR a photocopy of their most recent federal or state tax returns in order to qualify. You can find the application form on their website by clicking here.

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Science Museum of Minnesota – $3 per person

Low income guests can receive discounted admission to the Science Museum of Minnesota. There are four tiers of admission prices, depending on what you want to see.

  • $3 for museum admission only
  • $5 for Omnitheater access and museum admission
  • $7 for Mummies and museum admisison
  • $9 for Mummies, Omnitheater and museum admission

This program isn’t limited to people who are receiving food stamps MN. In fact, the Science Museum is very generous. You can receive these lower rates if you can prove that you receive:

  • EBT benefits
  • Medical assistance (including MinnesotaCare)
  • Section 8
  • WIC
  • Supplmeental Security Income (SSI
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Free/Reduced School Lunches
  • RCA (Refugee Cash Assistance)
  • General Assistance

Please bring your EBT card or verification paperwork and valid Minnesota photo ID to receive these discounted admission rates.

Minnesota History Center – $4 per adult, FREE for children under 18

To receive the discounted admission to the Minnesota Historical Society, you will need to provide valid Minnesota photo ID and proof of your participation in one of the following programs. You will also need to print and complete the form on this page.

  • EBT benefits
  • Medical assistance (including MinnesotaCare)
  • Section 8
  • WIC
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Free/Reduced School Lunches
  • RCA (Refugee Cash Assistance)
  • General Assistance

Did you know your Minnesota food stamps card
could be used here?!

Several of our visitors have pointed out that Minnesota food stamps benefits have even more uses, too! Check out these interesting statewide benefits.

  • Discount food markets
  • Starbucks! EBT can be used at Starbucks locations that are located inside a grocery store (such as Target).
  • Farmer’s Markets and organic delivery services (CSA programs) can also accept EBT cards. Some have great dollar-matching programs!
  • Costco also accepts food stamps MN.

Got food stamps MN?
You might qualify for these, too!

You can also use your Minnesota food stamps
benefits to buy these items:

  • Seeds! EBT cards can buy fruit trees and vegetable seeds for gardening.
  • Hot deli food that has been packaged and placed in the refrigerated section for easy reheating..
  • Energy Drinks! If the drink has a nutrition facts label, it’s considered a food item and can be purchased with food stamps MN. Drinks with a “supplement facts” label are not eligible because the FDA considers them supplements, not food.
  • Live lobsters and other shellfish that you will eat.
  • Pumpkins that are edible and not just ornamental.
  • Birthday and other specially decorated cakes as long as the non-edible decorations do not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake.
  • Gift baskets! Your food stamps MN can even help you purchase gifts for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas (including pre-filled holiday stockings and tins) as long as the food value exceeds the non-food value. For example, the federal SNAP website indicates that a stuffed holiday bear holding a small box of chocolate would NOT be eligible because the value of the bear exceeds the value of the food. However, a gift basket with snack foods or candy and a small toy would be eligible because the food clearly accounts for more than 50% of the purchase price.
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Updated 1/24/2017

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